In these challenging times, what makes some arts centers thrive while others end up closing their doors? Why is one art center a hub of activity while others gather dust? I believe those that flourish do so for two reasons – listening and changing.
As I start my 4th year as the Director here, we have worked hard to listen to the needs and requests of our Mohawk Valley communities, our residents, and our membership. Additionally, we have tried our best to keep the Arts Center fresh and evolving through efforts which meet those needs.
Today we are proud to play a prominent role in a variety of community festivals, bringing lots of special activities for our kids. We offer a full-time art gallery which presents 7 or 8 visual arts exhibitions each year. The 401 Gallery also serves as a public space for community meetings and receptions. We offer a consignment gift shop with the high-quality artwork of regional craftsmen. We teach numerous educational programs, workshops, music lessons, and presentations which we often host in space leased from our partners at the local First Presbyterian Church. Our classes can travel to surrounding communities, such as our collaborative program with Dolgeville Central School. We also sponsor a number of performing arts events each year, including musical concerts, recitals, Community Theater, and festivals.
MVCA is starting its 36th year. We look back on a rich history that was started by a handful of forward-thinking, community leaders in 1982. While we have endured a number of ups and downs, we look forward to a bright future with abundant opportunities to bring quality arts to the Mohawk Valley. Join us! We believe that Art Matters!
Jane H. Malin
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